Milwaukee Art Museum’s new lakefront atrium a gracious, rugged success

Milwaukee art museum's new lakefront atrium a gracious, rugged success

Not everyone who sees the jumbo eraser — a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg — inside the Milwaukee Art Museum‘s new lakefront atrium may get the joke.

Oldenburg’s “Typewriter Eraser,” the most prominently placed sculpture in the museum’s new wing, hints playfully at what the new building is — the result of a big fight and a back-to-the-drawing-board effort by the museum and its architect.

Just completed and set to open to members Nov. 21 and the public Nov. 24, the atrium is a success story. It’s an industrious little building — rugged but restrained, gracious and full of industrial grit.

The atrium is part of a larger $34 million project that also involved a total renovation of all of the museum’s buildings and the first-ever, top-to-bottom reimagining of the art collection.

The museum feels — and in some ways absolutely is — a brand-new place, with a cafe and wine bar on the lake, new feature exhibition spaces and greatly expanded areas for photography, new media, modern art, contemporary works and the American collections (see companion article on the new presentation of the art). […]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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